What makes any grilled dish fulfilling is how you prepare it. So if you want some 5-star kind of meal to serve at your barbecue, try these delicious grilled chicken breast recipes perfect for beginners:
Caribbean Style Barbecue Chicken
What you need:
- 1 1/2 skinless and boneless chicken breasts
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
- 1 tbsp. fresh lime juice
- 1 tbsp. olive oil
- 1 tsp. orange zest
- 1 tsp. minced ginger
- 1/2 tsp. chopped fresh oregano
- 1/4 tsp. hot sauce
To make the marinade, combine garlic, orange juice, lime juice, olive oil, orange zest, ginger, oregano and hot sauce in a blender. Blend until smooth. Pour the marinade a large re-sealable plastic bag then add chicken breast. Shake the bag to coat then refrigerate for 2 hours up to overnight. When ready, remove the chicken from the bag and discard excess marinade. Cook in a pre-heated grill over medium-high heat for 6-8 minutes per side or when cooked through. Serve with a side of steamed mixed vegetables if desired.
Saucy Cajun Grilled Chicken
What you need:
- 2 boneless and skinless chicken breasts, frozen
- 1/4 head cabbage, shredded
- 1 carrot, thinly sliced
- 1 small white onion, cut into rings
- 2 1/2 cups barbecue sauce
- 1 cup Italian-style salad dressing
Make sure all vegetables are properly washed. They can be used fresh for this recipe or steamed depending on your preference. Mix together cabbage, carrots and onions in a medium bowl. Pour half of the barbecue sauce over the vegetables. Set aside. Place the frozen chicken in a large re-sealable plastic then pour salad dressing over it. Refrigerate until thawed. When ready, discard excess marinade and cook chicken in a pre-heated grill over medium-high heat for 5 minutes per side or until barely done. Brush with remaining barbecue sauce and grill for a few minutes more until cooked through. Transfer to a serving dish, top with barbecue sauce with fresh or steamed vegetables and serve.
Classic Lemon Chicken Barbecue
What you need:
- 4 boneless and skinless chicken breast halves
- 1 cup fresh lemon juice
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 1 cup Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tsp. garlic powder
Combine lemon juice, vegetable oil, Worcestershire sauce and garlic powder in a small bowl. Mix until all ingredients are well-blended. Place chicken breasts in a lager bowl and pour lemon mixture over it. Toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for at least 6 hours. When ready, discard excess marinade and cook chicken in a pre-heated grill over medium-high heat for 6-8 minutes per side or until cooked through. Serve warm.
Serve these quick and easy grilled chicken breast recipes at your next backyard barbecue and they will surely become the crowd favorite!
Adrian T. Cheng is a food blogger and a BBQ expert. Through years of grilling experience, reviewing various top quality grill accessories and trying delicious and unique recipes, he is sharing his knowledge with everyone through his blog. For more grilling secrets, tips, recipes and more, head over to Adrian’s page.